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Some manufacturers sell three and four output graphics cards as well. (Matrox is probably the market leader here, their primary market seems to be medical and ATC displays.)
Have you considered getting widescreen flatpanels like Apple's 23" DVI display?
Do you really need to look at all 3 at the same time?
Right now I use #1 (1600x1200) for coding, with Photoshop in background. #2 (1280x1024) for browser displays, with Photoshop toolbars and Outlook in background. I have a couple clients that do a lot of updating/additions, so WS FTP Pro is open all day long, + Word, etc. How did I ever do anything with one 15" monitor at 800x600?
I want the third screen on the side for stuff that I want open, but don't rate a place on #1 or #2. I manage my tabs and taskbar pretty well - but I'm sold on screen power.
Those triple widescreens set my mouth to watering, but they will likely have to wait a pretty good while.
However, what I do now is run a Windows XP machine (in another part of my office) and use Remote Desktop Connection to access this PC. It is on this PC that I have my various traffic reporting "stuff". It is like having two monitors with a simple ALT TAB between them.
My recommendation: before you go triple-view, go two-by-two.
Unfortunately I have a lite weight laptop (only 1.2 kilos) that is great for the amount of travel I do.
Unfortunatley the drivers don't support dual monitor with different images. I tried that as soon as I got XP installed on it. Haven't looked for a while for a new set of drivers - might have to go do that now!
If I recall correctly, Windows XP will support 3 separate video cards.
I was just looking into this through the xp help files. It makes no mention of having cards that specifically support multi monitors. Is this not the case? Can I simply plug in any old pci graphic card and expect it to work with my agp in xp?
A general rule when using more than one graphics card is to use the same manfacturer for each card to help avoid incompatibility problems. I run two dual head Radeon cards, one pci and one agp. A modern board and bios should allow you to select the agp card as your primary card so you play games, watch movies etc on the faster card...Pre XP days I think your pci card became the default graphic card :(
Ultramon is a monitor admin tool worth looking at when you have got your hardware together.
Noisehag, you're right. The biggest problem you'll have next, is finding room on your desk so you can add the third monitor. ;)
The ability to copy content from the source monitor, slide it over and paste to your editing monitor, and simultaneously see the finished results on the working monitor - priceless.
Originally I had one screen that was darker than the other so I used it just for email. It was nice to have a dedicated email screen and not have to go searching on the taskbar. I kind of miss that. I have thought several times of going to three just to regain it. (and I'd love to have a 4-6 monitor rack set up. (lust)
But I've been thinking lately that what Killroy said about dual computers might be a better idea. If I end up with my computer churning on data I would like to be able to switch to another computer and not have the downtime. I may try to use an old box for a "browser" and email computer. Hmmmmm.